Youngsville, Pa., Man Pleads Guilty In Child Abuse Case

YOUNGSVILLE, Pa. — A Youngsville, Pa., man who told police he would “knuckle up” his 2-year-old daughter as a form of discipline pleaded guilty on Monday to felony endangering the welfare of a child.

Michael Ryan Andrzejeski, 28, was charged by Youngsville Police in July after Children and Youth Services reported suspected abuse to have occurred between April 16 and May 18.

Police reported that Andrzejeski’s daughter was taken to Warren General Hospital in May by grandparents where injuries were determined to be “nonaccidental” according to police.

The bruising, doctors told police, was “not consistent with the father’s story he gave to them,” police alleged.

Police said he told them he would “knuckle her up when she would not do what he wanted. He would lose his cool and get angry with her. He would also grab her by her arms, causing bruises.”

He further admitted to police “to losing his cool with his daughter and punching her in the head and face area” and that he “has also locked his daughter in her bedroom for long periods of time for punishment, police said.

While locked in her room, police learned, she had asked to use the bathroom but he refused to open the door, which caused the child to soil her bed, police said.

Andrzejeski “would also force his 2-year-old daughter to eat foods she did not want to eat by forcing them into her mouth and holding her nose and mouth shut,” according to the affidavit of probable cause. “He would also force clothes on her when she would not get dressed fast enough.”

President Judge Maureen Skerda took Andrzejeski’s plea.

In exchange for the plea to endangering the welfare of a child, an additional count of endangering the welfare of a child and two counts of simple assault were not prosecuted.